Meet our ambassadors
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has" Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist.
We promote the importance of wellbeing locally in Totnes, nationally in the UK and internationally across different parts of the world. To help with our global outreach, we have the support of some wonderful volunteers who have chosen to become wellbeing ambassadors.
Being a wellbeing ambassador involves finding ways to make a positive difference to the quality of life experienced in your own community, with active support from the NOW network. This can include:
- Hosting an event or dinner to share ideas about wellbeing with others
- Sharing resources on wellbeing
- Promoting the benefits of wellbeing through NOW’s blog and social media channels
Find out more about our wellbeing ambassadors below. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or would like to find out more please contact us.
Denise Curi (Brazil)
Denise has a Ph.D in Science (with Chemistry as a major), and has worked as a post-doc fellow in three universities. Following this, she became a high school teacher and taught Chemistry at Colégio Bandeirantes in São Paulo for 13 years. She was involved in many projects, including: Education for Sustainability; Sexuality and Prevention to Drug Use and Abuse; and an Introduction to Scientific Research. In 2012, Denise went to Schumacher College, where she took on the role of Senior Volunteer until July 2013. She currently teaches yoga, practices flamenco, enjoys photography, loves to cook, dance, travel, meet new people, explore new cultures, and learn new ways of being and doing.
Liz Harper (UK)
Liz writes a wellbeing blog. She engages with others by sharing her own experiences in personal development and care. Through her blog, Liz has been able to encourage individuals to work towards building a happier community. This discovery encouraged Liz to get involved with NOW by becoming a Wellbeing Amassador. Through doing this, Liz has learnt how to encourage those around her and the community to take care of themselves and their own wellbeing.
Laura Hickman (UK)
Laura trained at Staffordshire University, England where she obtained her post-graduate level in Arts for Health & Wellbeing and Managing Participatory Creative Consultations. She is originally an artist, qualified primary teacher and educational resources writer, who changed career to develop, lead and manage Arts for Health and Wellbeing projects. Laura's clients have included the UK's National Health Service, schools, councils, support groups and hospices. Working with all ages, abilities and cultures, from preschool children to non-English speaking elderly Yemeni women, Laura has been able to deal with sensitive issues and is full of ideas to promote and explore health and wellbeing messages. Together with her colleagues and fellow Wellbeing Ambassadors, Kesia and Moira, Liz has formed Creative Footprints CIC, who deliver creative projects and training to promote positive health and wellbeing.
Moira Mottram (UK)
Moira has a BA Hons Degree in Art, Design & Media from Portsmouth University. As a Director of her own company for over 10 years, she covers everything from branding and design, through to promotional media - both off and online. Prior to this, Moira worked in the creative departments of St George's Hospital Medical School, London, where her collaborative work within the arts and medical professions evolved to produce many projects for the health sector. More recently, Moira has taught vocational courses in marketing, art, design and media to young people in secondary and higher education. She has also worked on re-branding of services projects on behalf of local organisations and councils. Additionally, Moira formed Creatice Footprints CIC with two other Wellbeing Ambassadors.
Kesia Pennington-Yates (UK)
Kesia currently works as an Arts for Health consultant and artist, as well as running her own hypnotherapy-counselling practice. Kesia has studied in counselling, hypnotherapy, art therapy and obtained a BA Hons in Art. Kesia works with drug and alcohol addictions in bail hostels, prisons and communities. She also provides teaching and assessment services to various organisations, spanning issues such as sexuality, HIV and AIDS, young people, and children in care. Kesia has written an accredited training course, teaching students how to become drug/alcohol workers and helps them to find placements in vocational volunteering. Additionally, Kesia formed Creatice Footprints CIC with two other Wellbeing Ambassadors.
Jesús Martín (Spain/UK)
Jesús is a transdisciplinary researcher who is developing the concept “Responsible Wellbeing”, focusing on personal and community wellbeing, involving people, ethics and environment. He began his career as an engineer, moving on to complete a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Sustainability and CSR. The conclusion of his final Masters thesis in sustainability argues that our society should focus mainly on responsible wellbeing and global ethics as leverage points in the complex problems of our planet and society. Follow Jesús on Twitter @ResWellbeing.
Cheryl Rickman (UK)
Cheryl is an author/ghostwriter and "flourisher". Her practical books, workshops and e-courses empower people to enjoy and appreciate life, boost well-being and resilience, pursue their purpose and reach their potential. Cheryl's latest book, The Flourish Handbook, is a practical guide on how to flourish and make the most of life. Drawing on extensive research and her own methods of coping with adversity and staying positive, The Flourish Handbook is based on the five pillars of wellbeing. Her first book, The Small Business Start-Up Workbook, published in 2005, has a foreword written by Dame Anita Roddick. Today, alongside writing books, Cheryl continues to run WiBBLE and Flourish. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @theflourishers.
Anna Schmidt (Germany/UK)
Anna recently completed her Bachelors in Peace Studies and Development at the University of Bradford. Her studies inspired her to reflect more intensely on wellbeing, in particular on the connection between permaculture and wellbeing. Through being a Wellbeing Ambassador, Anna has discovered a great way to share wellbeing storiesand connect with other people who are passionate about wellbeing. She also finds it a great way to practise a range of skills, which helped her to prepare for her role as Strategic Communications Coordinator at the Permaculture Association.
Tabata Marchetti Villares (Brazil)
Tabata completed an inspiring Masters program at Schumacher College. She has had the opportunity to live in several sustainable and resilient agricultural communities around the globe. She is currently deepening her awareness of the healing process by exploring astrology, reiki, yoga and biopsycology. Tabata enjoys being a Wellbeing Ambassador and connecting with others passionate about wellbeing.
Sam Willsea (USA/UK)
After spending the last seven years in the UK, Sam is now living in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and working at the Schumacher Center for New Economics. He recently entered the field of wellbeing research after a background in sustainable development and alternative economics. His most recent work examines the impacts of wellbeing indexes as complementary measuring tools to traditional economic indicators, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the potential for macro scale wellbeing indexes to be applied to local municipalities. Follow Sam on Twitter @swillsea.